Robert Hughes, who has stunned us with comprehensive works on subjects as sweeping and complex as the history of Australia (The Fatal Shore), the modern art movement (The Shock of the New), the nature of American art (American Visions), and the nature of America itself as seen through its art (The Culture of Complaint), now turns his renowned critical eye to one of art history’s most compelling, enigmatic, and important figures, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes. With characteristic critical fervor and sure-eyed insight, Hughes brings us the story of an artist whose life and work bridged the transition from the eighteenth-century reign of the old masters to the early days of the nineteenth-century moderns.
With his salient passion for the artist and the art, Hughes brings Goya vividly to life through dazzling analysis of a vast breadth of his work. Building upon the historical evidence that exists, Hughes tracks Goya’s development, as man and artist, without missing a beat, from the early works commissioned by the Church, through his long, productive, and tempestuous career at court, to the darkly sinister and cryptic work he did at the end of his life.
In a work that is at once interpretive biography and cultural epic, Hughes grounds Goya firmly in the context of his time, taking us on a wild romp through Spanish history; from the brutality and easy violence of street life to the fiery terrors of the Holy Inquisition to the grave realities of war, Hughes shows us in vibrant detail the cultural forces that shaped Goya’s work.
Underlying the exhaustive, critical analysis and the rich historical background is Hughes’s own intimately personal relationship to his subject. This is a book informed not only by lifelong love and study, but by his own recent experiences of mortality and death. As such this is a uniquely moving and human book; with the same relentless and fearless intelligence he has brought to every subject he has ever tackled, Hughes here transcends biography to bring us a rich and fiercely brave book about art and life, love and rage, impotence and death. This is one genius writing at full capacity about another—and the result is truly spectacular.
32 pages matching Enlightenment in this book
Results 1-3 of 32
What people are saying - Write a review
Review: GoyaUser Review - Lorna - Goodreads
Hughes created a fluid read along with the many good plates. Very pleasant. Highly researched but not quite as focused and tight as it could be. Read full review
Review: GoyaUser Review - Robbie Flaherty - Goodreads
I wish I could give this more then five stars. Along with "Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane" it's the best biography on an artist I've ever read. More than that it's one of the best books I've ... Read full review
Coming to the City
From Tapestry to Silence
9 other sections not shown
Francisco de Goya Online
Francisco de Goya [Spanish Rococo Era/Romantic Painter and Printmaker, 1746-1828] Guide to pictures of works by Francisco de Goya in art museum sites and ...
www.artcyclopedia.com/ artists/ goya_francisco_de.html
Francisco Goya - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Encyclopedia article provides biography and images for the Spanish painter and engraver
en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/ Francisco_de_Goya
Robert Hughes' Goya. - By Steven Henry Madoff - Slate Magazine
One hundred seventy-six pages into his new biography, Goya, Robert Hughes writes: "And it is Goya's ability to see that leaves one silent with admiration.
www.slate.com/ id/ 2090956/
Goya - The Sleep of Reason
Goya page on the etching the SLEEP OF REASON Los Caprichos Plate 43. Fantasy abandoned by reason produces impossible monsters.
eeweems.com/ goya/ sleep_of_reason.html
Goya - www.smh.com.au
A visit from Death gave Robert Hughes the impetus to embark on his destiny: his portrait of Goya, a visionary of fear-crazed times, writes Peter Craven.
www.smh.com.au/ articles/ 2003/ 11/ 14/ 1068674365455.html?from=storyrhs
Jeanette Winterson - Journalism - Visual Arts - Goya
Goya had the energy of a toreador, the endurance of a bull, and the enthusiasm ... This was well-paid, regular work, and for Goya, better than queuing for ...
www.jeanettewinterson.com/ pages/ content/ index.asp?PageID=166
Woolly Days: Francisco Goya: a life in art
A New Jersey truck driver pleaded guilty last week to the theft of the Goya painting “Children with a Cart” in November 2006. ...
nebuchadnezzarwoollyd.blogspot.com/ 2007/ 12/ francisco-goya-life-in-art.html
Taipei Times - archives
Goya y Lucientes (1746 to 1828) is one of those towering figures whose vision ... Robert Hughes' dazzling new study of Goya not only conveys the range and ...
www.taipeitimes.com/ News/ feat/ archives/ 2003/ 11/ 16/ 2003076126
On the dark side of Goya - www.theage.com.au
Robert Hughes's near-fatal car crash outside Broome in May 1999, and its fateful consequences shadow and illuminate his Goya. - The Age Online.
www.theage.com.au/ articles/ 2003/ 10/ 29/ 1067233241109.html?from=storyrhs
Goya Probably Would Not Be Amused - New York Times
Poor Goya. His ''Disasters of War'' etchings, prompted by Napoleon's invasion of Spain and considered so powerful in Goya's day that they were not published ...
query.nytimes.com/ gst/ fullpage.html?res=990CE6DD1538F935A35757C0A9659C8B63